Creation Myths of the World by Leeming, D. A.
These two stories possess identical elements, as they present stories regarding the creation of the world and life in it in accordance with different cultures. The theme from the stories that I would like to explore is cooperation in the process of creation. The deity does not perform the act of creation alone. Their decisions might not be established, but they do provide people with the basis for existence that stems from two different entities. Perhaps, they might not focus on creating everything gods do for people alone, but deities leave a significant legacy that can be used by the creatures they have created as a guide. Therefore, I think that the basis for this cooperation that is shown in both stories is linked with human relationships. The creation of the new life requires the cooperation of two people, which is reflected in both Tantrism through the deities’ conversation and in Samoan myths through Tagaloas’ dialogues with the main rock (Leeming, 2010). The stories of creation were seen as otherworldly, but at the same time, relatable by humans who were to heed to the words of the priests who told them.
However, such a relationship is purposefully filled with mystification, as deities in both stories provide essence, or energy, which is unexplainable, yet it serves as a material for this act. This side of the stories resonates with me, as this fact makes them easier to envision and understand how followers of these faiths accepted them. At the same time, I understand that mystification is a necessary part of such a story because it instills a sense of awe in believers. In conclusion, the theme of cooperation among gods and spirits in the creation of the world plays a significant part in these stories among many different populations.
Leeming, D. A. (2010). Creation myths of the world: Parts I-II (2nd ed.). ABC-CLIO.